What better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Chain Reaction than to have an all-day festival at one of the other iconic music venues in OC, the Observatory? With multiple stages and bands big and small, it was an unmissable event!
The Chain Reaction, a small all-ages venue located in Anaheim, not only gives young music fans a place that they can go see artists live, but it is also the place where many artists got their starts. From crowds of only friends and family to completely packed shows, the Chain has it all. I doubt there was a single person in the crowd at Chain Fest that wasn’t in a band that played at the Chain or had friends that were.
Overall, the festival seemed to be well organized. By the time I got there, the lines had died down, and people were milling about, happily sipping on beer and anticipating their favorite bands’ sets. The food was good and reasonably priced, there were plenty of bathrooms, and there was enough seating to be found.
While I have had the chance to see a couple of the bands playing in the past year or so, I was absolutely stoked to have the chance to watch Underoath and Circa Survive perform. Despite listening to Underoath for over a decade, I had never gotten to see them live before, and they were fantastic! Then, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, the band dispelled rumors and announced that they would be back in LA in 2017 AND 2019. Underoath is here to stay!
Circa Survive was the second highlight of the night for me as it had been roughly 10 years since I had seen them last. What a thrill it was to watch Anthony Green perform! I found myself singing (screaming) along to nearly every song, and even the relatively calm beer garden had a pit start in the middle.
It was a great day filled with good music and food, and I sure hope it’s not another 20 years before the Chain Reaction and Observatory decide to host another event of the sort.
Coheed and Cambria